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Milner neighborhood besieged by busy beavers

By Kay S. Pedrotti A boundary pond with its adjacent marshy area behind Plantation Creek and Milner Creek developments in Milner is enlarging, thanks to some eight or 10 beaver dams on feeder streams and creeks. The city council last week heard a report from administrator Harold Wilson that several houses along Moore Street have had water rising onto their properties as a result of backup from the numerous beaver dams. Ronnie Middlebrooks and Alesia Morris, Moore Street residents most affected by rising water, attended the meeting and asked for help in removing the beaver structures, or a wholesale moving of the pesty rodents. ‘You can’t get down in there,’ said Wilson, because of swampy areas and thorny overgrowth. ’The city has done what is in its power to do and would like to seek more advice and help from (District 4 commissioner) Nancy Thrash.’ He said the Georgia Department of Transportation could help clear the water flow if it were on state rights-of-way, but all the affected properties are privately owned. Councilman Roger Samples, also a Moore Street resident, said at his home there are apparently underground springs that feed into the pond and surrounding slough. These ‘tributaries,’ he added, are now causing the water table in his yard to rise because they are blocked from the normal drainage process by the beaver dams. ’That underground water just has no place to go,’ Samples said. Samples and his family have lived on Moore Street for about 10 years, and the beaver dams have always been there. ’The problem got drastically worse because of the heavy rains at the end of last year and in January,’ he said. ’Those beavers are prolific about building dams.’ Thrash was present toward the latter part of the meeting and agreed that the situation needed attention. She said she would notify DNR Ranger Keith Page to determine whether the beavers can be relocated, or what alternatives may be available. Middlebrooks said he has been down into the beaver-infested area and has broken up several structures. ’As soon as I did, they just moved and made others,’ he said. ‘There are just too many in that location.’

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